Mariah Carey says Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her; “Snookiville Law”; hiring, firing reality shows

  • Barbara Walters said on The View that Mariah Carey told her Nicki Minaj “multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the [censored] bitch,’” and reported that Mariah “has hired extra security” as a result. Barbara Walters does not think Mariah would say or do those things for ratings. Nicki denied the accusations in poorly written tweets, and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said in a statement the threat story “is absolute rubbish. It’s absolutely not true in any way, shape or form.”
  • Legislation called the Snookiville Law has been introduced in New Jersey to give individual cities more power to control reality TV productions.
  • Nicole Scherzinger has revealed that she received death threats while judging Fox’s The X Factor, and will talk about suffering from bulimia on VH1′s Behind the Music.
  • Justin Bieber’s mother was set up by Ryan Seacrest and went on a date with Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor, who called it “an incredible night.”
  • CBS is casting for a new series, The Job, that’s produced by Mark Burnett and allows people to “compete for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to land the job of their dreams.” That’s basically the opposite of the probably Fox series Does Someone Have To Go?, on which employees decide whether or not to fire one of their co-workers. The show has been revived after initially being announced in 2009, when its format involved definitely firing someone, rather than optionally firing someone.
  • Dave Matthews won’t judge a reality competition, not that he’s been asked, because, he said, “I can’t judge other people. I can have an opinion, but I’m not gonna tell anybody and I’m not gonna tell it in front of people.”
  • Kate Gosselin was on Katie Couric’s talk show for a reality TV-focused episode yesterday, and said the show didn’t impact her break-up with Jon Gosselin.
  • Pawn Stars cast members are being sued by their former manager, and it relates, in part, to a story he leaked to TMZ.
  • In other pawn shop series lawsuit news, an executive producer of Pawn Queens is suing his ex-producing partner.
  • The Bachelorette‘s Jef Holm denied a report that his family members are polygamists.
  • Jersey Shore starts its final season tonight, and MTV exec Jackie French admits in an LA Times article that the show “breathed life into the channel at a time when we really needed it.” Also in the article, The Situation admits, “I love being in front of the camera.”
  • about the writer

    Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.